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After winning each of the previous two National League pennants and thoroughly dominating the senior circuit in 1902 by posting a record of 103-36, the Pittsburgh Pirates captured their third straight league championship by finishing the regular season 6 ½ games ahead of the second-place New York Giants, with a record of 91-49.  Having spent the previous few years shifting back and forth between the outfield, first base, third base, and shortstop, Pittsburgh great Honus Wagner became the team’s full-time shortstop for the first time.  In addition to displaying surprising dexterity in the field, the powerfully-built Wagner had another outstanding year at the plate, leading the National League with a .355 batting average and 19 triples, finishing second with 101 runs batted in, and placing among the league leaders in several other offensive categories.  Meanwhile, teammates Ginger Beaumont and Fred Clarke also excelled for the Pirates.  Beaumont led the league with 137 runs scored and 209 hits, while Clarke finished second to Wagner in batting, with a mark of .351, and led the league with a .532 slugging percentage.   

The second-place Giants had the league’s top two pitchers in “Iron Man” Joe McGinnity and Christy Mathewson.  McGinnity led all N.L. hurlers with 31 wins, 434 innings pitched, 44 complete games, and 55 appearances, while pitching to a 2.43 earned run average.  Mathewson finished 30-13, with a 2.26 ERA, 366 innings pitched, 37 complete games, and a league-leading 267 strikeouts.

Other outstanding performers and notable events around the league included:

• The Cubs' Frank Chance stole 67 bases, a record for first basemen.

• Part of Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl collapsed, killing 12 fans.

• The Pirates shut out their opposition for a record 57 consecutive innings.

• Joe McGinnity pitched and won two doubleheaders in an eight-day period.  He also won a third twin-bill during the month.  His 434 innings pitched remain the National League record.

• The Chicago Cubs acquired future Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown from the St. Louis Cardinals.

• Philadelphia’s Chick Fraser tossed a no-hitter against Chicago on Sept. 18.

• Cincinnati shortstop Tommy Corcoran accumulated a record 14 assists in a game on August 7.

• Pittsburgh's Sam Leever led the National League with a 2.06 ERA and seven shutouts.

• Boston’s Pat Moran made 214 assists, a record for catchers.

Additionally, late in the 1903 season, the owners of the two first-place clubs agreed amongst themselves to play a best-of-nine postseason world championship series.  The American League's Boston Americans came back to win 5-3 after being down 3-1 to the heavily favored Pirates.  The star of the series was Pittsburgh's Deacon Phillippe, who pitched an incredible five complete games, going 3-2 with a 2.86 ERA.  The success of the series led to the formal World Series, which started in 1905 and has continued until today.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1330 4534 666 1201 539 .224 177 56 15 273 1535 .359 .275 .669 124
BSN 1319 4682 575 1145 479 .226 176 47 25 159 1490 .314 .284 .598 101
CHN 1323 4733 695 1300 548 .197 191 62 9 259 1642 .356 .243 .630 118
CIN 1326 4857 764 1399 652 .236 228 92 28 144 1895 .372 .307 .704 96
NY1 1380 4741 729 1290 570 .226 181 49 20 264 1629 .351 .274 .656 185
PHI 1322 4781 618 1283 500 .217 186 62 12 120 1629 .299 .274 .598 155
PIT 1341 4988 793 1429 650 .211 208 110 34 172 1959 .327 .280 .648 109
SLN 1329 4689 505 1176 404 .199 138 65 8 171 1468 .289 .231 .564 96

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 162 70 66 1221 438 377 5140 1276 18 48.770 467 694 118 11 4 35 1
BSN 155 58 80 1229 516 460 5223 1310 30 29.890 456 692 125 8 1 39 0
CHN 163 82 56 1240 451 354 5126 1182 14 45.870 382 598 117 6 6 23 0
CIN 157 74 65 1230 480 378 5108 1277 14 30.450 420 660 126 11 1 24 0
NY1 171 84 55 1263 628 371 5328 1257 20 18.150 414 566 115 8 8 32 1
PHI 152 49 86 1212 381 425 5206 1347 21 37.610 534 743 126 5 3 38 1
PIT 167 91 49 1251 454 384 5218 1215 9 49.270 405 625 117 16 5 28 1
SLN 168 43 94 1212 419 430 5272 1353 25 63.940 494 787 111 4 2 32 2

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1301 5745 3636 1825 284 .938 0 0 0 0 11
BSN 1292 5873 3672 1840 361 .912 0 0 0 0 32
CHN 1306 5808 3695 1775 338 .898 0 0 0 0 9
CIN 1306 5803 3687 1804 312 .899 0 0 0 0 31
NY1 1351 5832 3802 1743 287 .931 0 0 0 0 15
PHI 1286 5680 3618 1762 300 .931 0 0 0 0 20
PIT 1319 5990 3753 1942 295 .929 0 0 0 0 25
SLN 1295 5947 3637 1956 354 .915 0 0 0 0 19

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1903 World Series, Baker Bowl, Chick Fraser, Christy Mathewson, Deacon Phillippe, Frank Chance, Fred Clarke, Ginger Beaumont, Honus Wagner, Joe McGinnity, John McGraw, Mordecai Brown, New York Giants, Pat Moran, Pittsburgh Pirates, Sam Leever, Tommy Corcoran

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